Leadership

BERLIN’S NEW BUILDING LAW.

Issue 5 and Volume 1888 4.

BERLIN’S NEW BUILDING LAW. Berlin, Germany, has adopted a very severe building law which, notwithstanding the hardship it entails upon builders, contains some very sensible provisions. Only two-thirds of the ground can be occupied by a building, its height must not be greater than the width of the street on which it is located. Three separate and perfect plans together with minute specifications must be delivered to the government building commissioners, who must examine them and accept or reject them, or indicate what changes must be made. Stairs throughout the entire structure, whether intended for domestic or business purposes, must be either of stone or iron. During the erection of the building government officers are required to inspect the work from time to time and compare it with the plans and specifications that have been accepted by the commission, and everything must conform to them. The building when completed cannot…

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